My Favorite Ballet Workouts

ballet dancer’s legs

Longing for a lean dancer’s body with strong, beautiful legs?

Me, too.

Here are my favorite workouts that incorporate ballet techniques.

Muscle Ballet Workout with Stephanie HermanMuscle Ballet
Starring Stephanie Herman

This is my absolute favorite ballet workout. I have it on VHS. I hope my tape never wears out.

Stephanie Herman has a very pleasant style and gives clear instructions. I have her whole line of dance-inspired workouts.

For more on Stephanie Herman, visit her Web site. You can explore her other workouts or take an in-person class.

New York City Ballet WorkoutNYC Ballet Workout:
Fifty Stretches And Exercises Anyone Can Do For A Strong, Graceful, And Sculpted Body (Paperback)

I prefer the book over the DVD because I like to work at my own pace.

I like the way they teach you to build your own workouts to suit your needs and to prepare you for other activities, such as tennis or golf.

The Ballet Workout with Melissa LoweBallet Workout
Starring Melissa Lowe

This is the first ballet workout I ever bought. It’s from the late 1980s as you can tell by the costumes.

Even though the makeup and clothes are a little outdated, the workout remains timeless. I love workouts that are full-on classic ballet, not just inspired by ballet moves.

Hot Bod FusionHot Bod Fusion:
The Ultimate Yoga, Pilates, and Ballet Workout for Sculpting Your Best Body (Paperback)

This book has sections on ballet, yoga and pilates techniques.

You can mix and match, so you don’t get bored with one workout. It doesn’t hurt that the models are gorgeous.

Balocity with Deanna McBreartyBalocity: Cardio with a Classic Twist
Starring Deanne McBrearty

This is my most recent purchase. I haven’t tried it yet. But I have watched it all the way through and I can tell I’m going to love it.

Deanna McBreary was featured in the NYC ballet workout book.
Visit her Web site for more information.

Ballet Class for Beginners with David HowardBallet Class: For Beginners

This is not designed as a workout. This is an actual beginner’s ballet class led by ballet master David Howard.

Such a treasure.

What are your favorite workouts?

5 responses to “My Favorite Ballet Workouts

  1. What a great and comprehensive list, Grace. I own the NYC Ballet workout on DVD but it’s been collecting dust. Perhaps now I’ll bring it out again and give it another try.

  2. Baratnatyam is another wonderful workout method especially for a woman: it does balance the posture, strenghetn arms and legs, fix the smile and brighten the eyes. what an inspiration! i ll make a post about this classical workout from the East 🙂

  3. I look forward to reading it.

  4. I love the New York City Ballet DVD. Try to do it daily. Thanks for the other tips!

  5. martinemussies

    Thank you soooo much for this tips! I am looking for such a DVD and now, I know multiple titles to order from bol. Thanks again! Best wishes from the Netherlands, xMM